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Ready, Set, Go! Sports Books for Tweens & Teens

Ready, Set, Go! Sports Books for Tweens & Teens

Check out these listens for stories about all different kinds of sports and the kids that play them.

Playlist Tags: genre: Children's audience: middle grade audience: tweens topic: sports audience: kids audience: teens

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Tiny Pretty Things

By Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton
Narrated by: Imani Parks, Nora Hunter, Greta Jung & Laura Delano
Length: 13 hours 12 minutes

Tiny Pretty Things

“I absolutely loved this YA novel of catty competitiveness among elite teenage ballerinas. Competition for the top ballet spots, of course, but also for boys and attention and love and identity. I would not want to be friends with many of these characters, but they were so fun to read about. And the ending was perfect.”

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By Mike Lupica
Narrated by: Paolo Andino
Length: 6 hours 13 minutes

Michael Arroyo has a pitching arm that throws serious heat. But his firepower is nothing compared to the heat Michael faces in his day-to-day life. Newly orphaned after his father led the family’s escape from Cuba, Michael’s only family is his seventeen-year-old brother Carlos. If Social Services hears of their situation, they will be separated... Read more »

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The Kid Who Only Hit Homers

By Matt Christopher
Narrated by: Various
Length: 1 hours 39 minutes

When Sylvester Coddmyer III meets a mysterious character named George Baruth, he goes from being a terrible hitter to the boy who only hits homers! But how will he answer some of the difficult questions that people start asking about his amazing new talent? Read more »

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By Caela Carter
Narrated by: Emily Eiden
Length: 10 hours 5 minutes

For fans of Make It Or Break It, a novel about the road to Olympics for the world's most elite gymnasts.

Work harder than anyone.
Be the most talented.
Sacrifice everything.
And if you’re lucky, maybe you will go to the Olympics.
Grace lives and breathes gymnastics—but no matter how hard she pushes herself, she can never be perfect enough.
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My Most Excellent Year

A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park

By Steve Kluger
Narrated by: Eileen Stevens, Ben Rameka & Jeremy Beck
Length: 8 hours 34 minutes

Best friends and unofficial brothers since they were six, ninth-graders T.C. and Augie have got the world figured out. But that all changes when both friends fall in love for the first time. Enter Alé. She's pretty, sassy, and on her way to Harvard. T.C. falls hard, but Alé is playing hard to get. Meanwhile, Augie realizes that he's got a crush... Read more »

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Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen Trilogy: Book #1

By Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Narrated by: Natalie Moore
Length: 6 hours 8 minutes

When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said.

Harsh words indeed, from Brian Nelson of all people. But, D.J. can’t help admitting, maybe he’s right.

When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said.

Stuff like why her best friend, Amber, isn’t so friendly anymore. Or why her little brother,... Read more »

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By Laurie Halse Anderson
Narrated by: Samantha Mathis
Length: 6 hours

Meet Kate Malone-straight A science and math geek, minister's daughter, ace long-distance runner, girlfriend, unwilling family caretaker, emotional avoidance champion. Kate manages her life by organizing it, as logically as the periodic table. She can handle it all-or so she thinks. Then, like a string of chemical reactions, everything happens:... Read more »

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By Gordon Korman
Narrated by: Nick Podehl
Length: 6 hours 6 minutes

When Marcus moves to a new town in the dead of summer, he doesn’t know a soul. While practicing football for impending tryouts, he strikes up an unlikely friendship with an older man. Charlie is a charismatic prankster—and the best football player Marcus has ever seen. He can’t believe his good luck when he finds out that Charlie is actually... Read more »

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The Million Dollar Kick

Million Dollar Mysteries (Gutman): Book #2

By Dan Gutman
Narrated by: Christina Moore
Length: 3 hours 36 minutes

The great news: The prize is $1 million! With it, 13-year-old Whisper Nelson could buy jewelry, clothes, and pay for college. She could even send her sister to college! To win, she must kick a goal past a professional soccer player. The bad news: She hates sports--all sports--with a passion! After her infamous soccer goal four years ago, to the... Read more »

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By Walter Dean Myers
Narrated by: Thomas Penny
Length: 5 hours 3 minutes

Greg "Slam" Harris can play basketball, period. On the court, he's almost unstoppable. As he says, "I can hoop. Case closed." But off the court, it's a different story. Every day is a struggle to keep things together. Leaving his best friend Ice behind, Slam transfers to a top-notch academic school and is easily the best player on the basketball... Read more »

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Mexican WhiteBoy

By Matt de la Pena
Narrated by: Henry Leyva
Length: 7 hours 20 minutes

“[A] first-rate exploration of self-identity.” —School Library Journal

Danny’s tall and skinny. Even though he’s not built, his arms are long enough to give his pitch a power so fierce any college scout would sign him on the spot. Ninety-five-mile-an-hour fastball, but the boy’s not even on a team. Every time he gets up on the mound, he loses it....

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The Crossover

Crossover: Book #1

By Kwame Alexander
Narrated by: Corey Allen
Length: 2 hours 16 minutes

Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health. Review Quotes: "This novel in verse is rich in character and relationships. . . . Poet Alexander deftly reveals the power of the format to pack an emotional punch." --"Kirkus, " starred review... Read more »

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Track: Book #1

By Jason Reynolds
Narrated by: Guy Lockard
Length: 3 hours 29 minutes

A National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature.
Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school track team, but his past is slowing him down in this first electrifying novel of the acclaimed Track series from Coretta Scott King/John... Read more »

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First & Then

By Emma Mills
Narrated by: Emma Mills
Length: 7 hours 5 minutes

First & Then is like first love: profound and stirring, surprising and funny, and utterly delightful.” —T. Michael Martin, author of The End Games

Devon Tennyson wouldn’t change a thing. She’s happy watching Friday night games from the bleachers, silently crushing on best friend Cas, and blissfully ignoring the future after high school. But...

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Quidditch Through the Ages

Hogwarts Library Book

By J.K. Rowling & Kennilworthy Whisp
Narrated by: Andrew Lincoln
Length: 3 hours 10 minutes

A perennial best-seller in the wizarding world and one of the most popular books in the Hogwarts School Library, Quidditch Through the Ages contains all you will ever need to know about the history, the rules — and the breaking of the rules — of the noble sport of Quidditch.

Packed with fascinating facts, this definitive guide by the esteemed...

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